A police search of a rural farm just south of Salmon Arm is in its eighth day now.
On October 19, the B.C. RCMP executed a search warrant in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road and subsequently found human remains on a property there. Since then, the force as released very few other details.
"We're aware of the speculation in the community, and in the media, around the discovery of the human remains and potentially them being linked to a number of ongoing missing persons investigations," RCMP Corporal Dan Moskaluk told journalists yesterday (October 25). "Until these remains have been positively identified, it's too early in the investigation to say whether the investigation is linked or not to any ongoing missing persons investigations."
Moskaluk, a spokesperson for the force, said there was no timeline for the investigation or for when more information will be released to the public.
According to the Globe and Mail, the property under investigation is 2290 Salmon River Road, located one hour and 20 minutes’ drive east of Kamloops. It’s 10 hectares large and owned by Wayne and Evelyn Sagmoe. The Globe report states that Curtis Sagmoen, the property owners’ son, was arrested on October 17. He’s charged with seven offences but that arrest has so far not been linked to the human remains found on the farm.
In coverage of the investigation, media outlets including the Georgia Straight have noted that at least five women were reported missing from the larger area around the farm since February 2017. The oldest of them is 46 while the youngest is just 18.
Both media and the RCMP have however emphasized there is still no confirmation that the investigation of the farm is related to those missing-persons cases.
Journalists essentially camped outside the property have noted the RCMP has settled in for a long occupation of the site.
They’ve brought in heavy equipment, including excavators, and set up tents and trailers.
The RCMP has scheduled a press conference for later this morning (October 26) but so far has been cautious about the information it releases and provided few details on its investigation.More